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100,000 pupils failed to return to full-time education when schools reopened after lockdown closures

A leading think-tank has uncovered the huge number of youngsters who have failed to return to education full-time after schools reopened their doors. Analysis of official figures by the Centre for Social Justice has identified 93,514 pupils who were mostly absent between September and December – more than the capacity of Wembley stadium. The figure for those off school more often than they were present has increased by more than 50 per cent on the previous year – Mail

Angela Merkel starts her bid today to ban British holidaymakers from the EU whether they have had Covid vaccine or not – Mail

Priti Patel plans for migrants to be held in offshore hub – Times

Support for Scottish independence at lowest in two years – Telegraph

Emmanuel Macron’s party is wiped out in French local elections that also see Marine Le Pen’s National Rally party fail to break through – Mail


Matt Hancock’s adultery is not a private matter – Tim Stanley, Telegraph

“Beat, Raped, and Left for Dead”: The Persecution of Christians, May 2021 – Raymond Ibrahim, Gladstone Institute

Sajid Javid’s appointment as Health Secretary is another victory for the FoCs… that’s Friends of Carrie (and the corridors of power are now full of them) – Richard Kay, Mail

Boris Johnson should have sacked Matt Hancock… but he has a habit of letting pals off the hook – Stephen Glover, Mail

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